6 of our creative lecturers (Matthew Bunn, Richard Irwin, Becki Pate, Liam Sheppard, Kathy Steadman and Liz Morley) took the opportunity to inspire students by setting up a research program and series of lectures. Their aim was to alleviate some of the anxiety around the climate crises and come up with creative ways our students could get involved in fighting the crises.
Special guests from surrounding Universities such as Dr Ben Harbisher, who delivered a lecture to our students and Assoc Professor Becky Nunes, from Staffordshire University, who chaired our panel discussion. Involved in the panel were Penney Poyzer Shalom and our CEO Janet Smith, there to discuss Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), how creativity in the curriculum could help and how Nottingham College can be more sustainable.
We spoke to some attendees from the day.
“I was particularly inspired by Penney Poyzer-Shalom as her speech gave insight and wisdom to promote her interests and beliefs. I have currently signed up to a challenge set by one of the lecturers Becki Pate. I am also interested in entering the SDG film festival. I feel having the CEO present and to hear her views has encouraged me to want to contribute to the fight using my creativity.RioAdele Hamlett — FdA photo Yr2
Another part of the event was a clothes swap. This encouraged students to bring clothes they no longer wanted or needed and trade them with other students, who had bought in items of their own. Students were also given wildflower seeds, to plant in areas where they thought needed brightening up.
Leah Hancock shared her views about the event.
“I thought the idea of the clothes swap was really interesting and I would love it to continue. It was great to hear directly from our CEO Janet Smith”Leah Hancock — FdA photography yr2
We caught up with Matt Bunn, Symposium organiser and FdA Photographic Practice Course Leader.
This was the first of three planned events. The aim of the event was to help our young students to realise their potential in the fight against climate change. The opportunities for the students around the SDG film festival, the Green Hustle and potential to collaborate with Left Lion are fantastic. Hopefully the students will go away from the event inspired to work in a collaborative fashion. This will hopefully give them some sense of hope and control and aid anxiety around the issues faced.Matthew Bunn — FdA Photographic Practice Course Leader